Yell Fire! - Michael Franti & Spearhead
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  • Summary: Pink and Sly & Robbie guest on the latest Spearhead offering, which was produced by Michael Franti with Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys) and mixes reggae, hip-hop and R&B.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Who says protest songs can't be both fiery and fun? [4 Aug 2006, p.68]
  2. Franti's brain-stimulating songwriting rises to a new level of proficiency here.
  3. 80
    Franti's most eclectic offering yet. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.116]
  4. [Franti's] ambitions pay off on this strapping, if sprawling, collection.
  5. The mainstream-organic gloss of his production has always baffled me.
  6. There will always be something uplifting, something horrific, and something silly on a Spearhead album, and Yell Fire! is no different.
  7. Yell Fire! offers little bar platitudes over a bed of reggae-lite and tepid bluezak.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JayF.
    Jul 5, 2007
    Awesome CD! I stumbled across Franti & Spearhead one night while flipping and decided to buy the CD. From the first song I was blown away. This is mind blowing new music for the 21st century. And you heard that from an original Woodstocker. Expand
  2. EmilyS
    Nov 19, 2006
    This album is refreshingly uplifting, in spite of its heavy content and message. It is a beautiful soundtrack for all joyful warriors of peace.
  3. DivagazioniN.
    May 22, 2007
    Un disco favoloso, un pò più pop dei precedenti ma testi al di sopra della media dei cantautori di protesta e una sezione ritmica decisamente buona. Collapse
  4. joshb
    Jul 26, 2006
    not a 10, as this stuff is still stronger delivered during one of thier legendary live shows. musically its not as cohesive as stay human, but it packs a punch nontheless. the songwriting can be spotty in parts, but is strong as steel in most instances. people who loved living with war by neil young should take note... here is an lp of songs with the courage to call for the troops to come home and also to find hope in our future. blessed are the peacemakers. Expand
  5. jamesh
    Aug 28, 2006
    I'm a big fan of Franti's and, having seen Franti and Spearhead live in Quebec in 2004, where they mesmerized a small crowd in the pouring rain, I have wanted to hear more and more. Chocolate Supahighway was very good and unconventional. Everyone Loves Music was more accessible to the mainstream, with beautiful songs. When I bought Yell Fire, I was blown away by the first two songs but, after that, I thought it was very average. While I applaud the message, I think Michael needs to step to the next level musically. There is no doubt he can do it for I believe that his time has yet to come in the annals of music history. He is, in many ways, the conscience of America. Expand
  6. Dave
    Jul 31, 2006
    Quite disappointing. As a big fan of Franti's life work, I couldn't wait to hear what he will come up with after the recording sessions in Jamaica with Sly and Robbie on the production and several reggae artists featuring. I expected an improved and more concious Damian Marley. But what came out was a diulted version of the old Franti. Disappointing lyrically and especially musically. Expand